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William Saliba snubs Tottenham, signs £27m deal with rivals Arsenal

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Arsenal have won the race to sign Saint-Ettiene defender William Saliba, who rejected late interest from Tottenham to agree a £27 million move to the Emirates.

The 18-year-old Frenchman will become Arsenal’s second signing of the summer following the arrival of another teenager Gabriel Martinelli and Football London claims the Gunners are confident of making Celtic defender Kieran Tierney their third capture.

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Arsenal are reportedly confident they will agree a deal of around £25 million with Celtic for Tierney.

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The Gunners have had two bids rejected by the Bhoys, who had been hoping to get around £30m for the Scotland international.

However, Tierney has made it clear that he would be keen on a move to the Emirates and Celtic are resigned to losing the 22-year-old.

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Once Tierney’s move is complete, the Gunners will focus on a loan deal for Real Madrid ace Dani Ceballos.

Deals for Tierney and Saliba will have used up the majority of Unai Emery’s transfer budget but the likes of Carl Jenkinson, Mohamed Elneny and Calum Chambers could be sold to raise extra funds.

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The club were keen on signing Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha and offered Jenkinson, Elneny and Chambers in exchange for the Ivorian, as well as £40m. However, the deal was rejected out of hand by the Eagles, who value Zaha at closer to £90m.

 

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British MMA star, Jahreau Shepherd is dead

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British MMA fighter, Jahreau Shepherd has tragically died.

The 30-year-old welterweight champion, nicknamed ‘The Nightmare’ is believed to have died suddenly on Saturday, with no cause of death yet confirmed.

Shepherd’s death was confirmed by his MMA promoters ‘the Contenders’ in a tweet via its official Twitter account on Sunday.

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“Everyone at Contenders is absolutely devastated to hear of Jahreau Shepherd‘s death.

“Jay, our welterweight champion, was hugely talented and great fun to be around, a big personality with a huge smile and infectious laugh.

“Inside the cage, he was destined for the top – a champion in three different organizations with heavy hands and a warrior’s heart.

“Our thoughts are with all his family and friends at this terrible time. Rest in peace, champ.”

Also, MMA commentator, Michael Morgan in a tribute to him via his Twitter account said he was shocked when he received the sad news of Shepherd’s demise.

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He said

“Absolutely shocked to hear the news this morning.

“A true gentleman inside and outside the cage.

“Rest in peace UKMMA’s Jahreau Shepherd.”

The 30-year-old from London defeated Quinten de Vreught in February to be crowned welterweight champion at Contenders 29.

He was well known for his pace and aggression and was also a member of the London Fight Factory.

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EPL: Klopp confirms Liverpool exit plan, next move

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The Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp has revealed when he may leave the club and return to Germany.

The German also said it is not clear at the moment whether he stays in football after the Liverpool job.

The former Borussia Dortmund manager says he will manage Liverpool for the next four seasons.

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Klopp has spent five years at Liverpool after taking over from Brendan Rodgers in 2015. He has guided the Reds to a Champions League trophy and their very first Premier League title in 30 years.

He signed a new contract at Anfield in December 2019, which tied him to the club until 2024, should he avoid being sacked.

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Asked if he was planning on returning to Germany, Klopp told SWR,

“Definitely to live, after my career. Most likely even to Mainz.”

On how long he’ll remain at Anfield, he added:

“Four years in Liverpool.”

After that, he confirmed he may be interested in returning to management, but added he may retire from football.

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He said:

“In five years the world can look very different again.”

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EPL: Arteta reveals why Arsenal lost 2-1 to Tottenham

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Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has blamed his individual error and lack of defensive solidity for his side’s 2-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

It is a result that damaged the Gunners’ hopes of sealing a European place.

Arsenal took the lead thanks to Alexandre Lacazette’s rasping drive, but a loose Sead Kolasinac pass, allowed Son Heung-Min to equalise soon after.

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Toby Alderweireld gave Spurs victory late on with a header from a corner.

It also saw Arteta lose his first North London derby as a manager.

“We gave them the game again, an individual error and the set-piece that cost us three points again.

“We talked about it before the game today that set-pieces in this game are crucial, and today it cost us the three points,” he said.

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